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the asteroid a year in advance yet have no warning about the meteor. >> it just snuck up on us. and that's not unusual for the small ones. >> reporter: an astronomer says the meteor was too small to detect by ground telescopes and radar. it was only 1/3 the size of the asteroid. the asteroid was about as big as a supermarket. and he says we're lucky it missed us. >> something like that hits the ground, it's going to be pretty disastrous, a 2.5-ton nuclear bomb. it would wipe out most of san francisco. >> reporter: the meteor in russia smashed into an icy lake about 70 miles outside of town. scientists will study the rock hoping to discover the origins of the solar system. some say what happened today is a wake-up call. some former astronauts are funding a mission to launch a satellite that tracks meteors before they hit the earth. >> a perfect circle in the ice! somebody's going to go down and get it, i imagine. >> more than one somebody. >> thank you for that. you can see more of the amazing video of the meteor as well as a photo gallery of its path of destruction at cbse f.com. >>> th
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